About STRUTS AND FRETS:
More than anything, Sammy wants to play guitar in a famous indie rock band. The problem is that his front man is a jerk who can't sing, his bassist is a burn-out who can't remember the songs, and his drummer is just out to lunch. But Sammy needs this band because it's the only good thing he's got going. His father skipped out before he was born, his mother is an overworked therapist with a drinking problem, his grandfather is slowly losing his mind to Alzheimer's, and the girl of his dreams is dating his jerk lead singer.
Now that jerk lead singer has entered them in a Battle of the Bands contest to win free studio time and guaranteed radio play. Sammy has two weeks to get them to sound like a real band, or face public humiliation in front of the entire local indie music scene.
Jon Skovron is an insatiable music geek who can play eight instruments, but none of them well. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, has lived all over the US, and now resides with his wife and two sons in Washington, DC. His short stories and reviews have appeared in publications like Jim Baen's Universe and Internet Review of Science Fiction. STRUTS AND FRETS is his first novel.
Thai food or Chinese?
Chinese. Thai is too sweet.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
No surrender, no defeat.
What are you reading right now?
The Golem, by Gustav Meyrink.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
What’s the last song you listened to?
Videotape by Radiohead.
Dogs or cats?
Cat's, but I'm coming around...
Camping or four-star hotel?
Ocean or lake?
Ocean. I spent a lot of my childhood in New York and I love the salty air.
1980 Buick Le Sabre.
Spring or fall?
Either is great. It's summer and winter I'm not fond of.
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
Be dream energy.
Your five favorite movies.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
City of Lost Children
Tell us something weird about you.
I hate anything that tastes even remotely sweet. Yes, anything. Except Sweettarts. Not sure why.
Rain or sun?
Currently only one, but that will change on or around my launch date.
What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Indiana Jones. I even had a whip.
What books are on your night-stand right now?
Sit Down and Shut Up by Brad Warner.
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
Whatever Tom Waits song they have. I do an incredible Tom Waits impression. I also do a pretty mean John Linnell from They Might Be Giants.
Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
William Thackeray. He's my favorite author.
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Jon!